Contrary to what one might think, I think logic is preserved in schizophrenia, even if it works less well

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The logic is preserved, but when the ideas fly in our minds, it is much more difficult to keep the path of reasoning, for example during a game of chess or even when answering a simple question to a person.
Contrary to what people often think about schizophrenia, logic is preserved in the disease (at least that's my point of view), if an idea is not logical, if that person has a brain capable of highlighting that it is not logical in normal times, he will also have the ability to do so during delirium. It's just that the influx of intense and fast-arriving impressions makes us forget the arguments against this impression. However, there may be elements that make the patient understand that it is not good.

I give the example of the idea that it is likely that people have agreed to kill us to support the idea that logic remains in the mind, it is first of all that counter-arguments are not taken into account. This idea may indeed not be logical in a way, because if we think about it, such an event, that is to say a murder, never happens or not more than 1 in 100,000 people, so there is no reason for it to happen to us more than that, unless we think that we are very important and that for that people would like to kill us, for example if we are working on an important project, but then we can wonder if this project is really known by other people who could blame us, and if really people would be willing to kill us just for that. But the anxiety is such that we forget to make such a questioning and to consider them well. And if someone tells us: think, no one wants to kill you, it never happens that people randomly kill other people, then actually this idea will come to the mind of the delusional person, he will actually realize that his worries are exaggerated, but he will continue to worry, and his brain stronger than his reason will continue to create disturbing scenarios.

It reminds me of a certain, well-known columnist who if he were told that Muslims were not dangerous, his mind would have managed to constantly construct flawed observations on why there is a conspiracy of Muslims against France. This columnist would almost be afraid to become sensible again, because so convinced that Muslims are dangerous for the France, it would be dangerous to become wise again because in this case, he would not fight against them, who in his opinion really, necessarily represent a threat.

I think he is someone who is not aware that most people, including Muslims are good people (I think most people are not heroes, but most people are bothered to make others suffer), so it reinforces his ideas. In addition, I think he does not have the ability to realize that these attacks hurt these people.

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I think that not wanting to give up one's paranoid worry, because as one is sure somewhere that it is true, and therefore that forgetting it would put us in danger in the face of a very real threat, and that suddenly one should not take treatment, is a common phenomenon in paranoid worries, sometimes also in schizophrenia, but I think that usually reason takes over in schizophrenia and people treat themselves when they realize that it is more possible in their head.

There are also delusions that convince people (it seems good to me), that they are true, very pleasant and reassuring, often supernatural I believe. others that may be felt as to be rejected. I do not pretend to know all the delusions that happen in psychiatric pathologies, but I hope that the testimony of mine can help caregivers to better understand their patient.

The proof that logic can be preserved is that during my second first year of medicine I arrived ranked in the top 30 out of 1800 students in the first semester on tests in cell biology, chemistry and physics, these 3 subjects being all based on reflection and logic.

Indeed the part of the second semester on what was called human and social science of which some subjects talked about law and therefore based somewhere on what people feel, was at the time very difficult for me to understand because it referred to the feelings of others, which I did not understand. Although I tried to put myself in their shoes, I couldn't understand how others felt.

I felt yes, but very different things, like intense social anxiety, malaise, paranoia, fear of being weird or demonic, so it was also impossible for me to put myself in their place. I lived differently, more precisely, I survived, I lived extreme stuff.

And I thought that because I was going through this I was completely abnormal and it scared me.

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